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Iran protesters sentenced to death
post Dec 2 2009, 09:18 AM
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From Al Jazeera:

Iran has sentenced five people to death and 81 others to prison terms of up to 15 years in a mass trial of opposition figures accused of fomenting the unrest that followed June's disputed presidential election, state television says.

A statement from the justice department, carried on the state-owned IRIB broadcaster, said on Tuesday that the five sentenced to death were members of "terrorist and armed opposition groups".

"So far, 89 of defendants were tried and based on their cases, death sentences were issued for five of them." the statement said.

It said 81 people were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six months to 15 years for offences including security violations, agitating against the Islamic Republic, violating law and order, damaging public and private property, and assaulting civilians and security forces.

Three people were acquitted.

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